The Faculty Mentor Program Celebrates Mentors
(November, 2013) The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) proudly hosted a reception in honor of the recipients of the 2013 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards. Read more...
Wednesday, November 20, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Thousand Oaks Room, USU
Please RSVP by calling the EOP Office at 818-677-4151.
Call for Nominations for Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards
(October, 2013) Click to download the 2013 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards nomination form:
Complete this form by Wednesday, Oct. 30th, at 5pm and submit to:
Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program
University Hall 205
(mail code: 8366)
Professor Glenn Omastu receives Community Heritage Award
(November, 2011) The award committee annually considers candidates who are administrators in the K-12 public school system or instructors in higher education. George Kiriyama’s areas of educational leadership included the areas of multicultural diversity and curriculum development, training teachers and administrators in the Japanese American experience and mentoring for leadership roles in education.
The committee, retired LAUSD administrator Kiyo Fukumoto, and Iku Kiriyama, retired LAUSD educator and widow of George Kiriyama, selected Omatsu as he especially stood out as a longtime mentor of students in higher education. Among his students at UCLA and CSUN, Omatsu has been admired and respected for encouraging and guiding his students to always look forward to the possibilities they can accomplish. It was for his mentorship that he was recognized by the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California in 1993 as a Community Heritage Award honoree.
Hitting close to home, it was Omatsu who challenged George and Iku’s daughter, Traci, to work towards establishing Asian American Studies at CSU Fullerton, a program that Traci envied at UCLA. Because of his encouragement, Traci helped to lead the effort to establish Asian American Studies as a minor at CSUF, which subsequently became available as a major. “I definitely consider him one of my mentors in encouraging me and others to work with students and faculty at CSUF to get Asian American Studies off the ground at school,” stated Traci. “He was a part of the reason that I didn't just keep hanging around at UCLA every week. I'm just a tiny example of the many Asian American and JA students that he's inspired and mentored to continue not just as activists and organizers, but as educators.”